You have the power to save someone’s life, but you don’t need to leap into an icy river or a burning building to do it. All you need is the compassion, kindness and dedication to become someone’s hero on the day you get the call that you are the perfect lifesaving match! Joining is as simple as spending a few minutes to complete a cheek swabbing kit, and returning it in a prepaid envelope. The cheek swabs will go to a laboratory for tissue typing, and that information will be entered in the international registry. Transplant centers can search the registry to find matching donors for their patients.
Temple Israel’s Brotherhood is partnering with Gift of Life on August 18th in performing a donor drive. This will take place in conjunction with the blood drive in the Scheidt Family Center from 8am to 1pm. We are looking for volunteers to work the event and of course to be swabbed to save a life. Please register for the event via the link provided, or just show to contribute. If you have any questions please email Marc Taub at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also make time to donate blood at the same time and perform a double mitzvah!
In accordance with national guidelines and consistent with the medical needs of the patients, Gift of Life has updated the registration requirements for new donors to fall within the ages of 18 to 60 (inclusive). While statistically, over 85 percent of transplants take place with donors in 18 to 35 age category donors who are between the ages of 36 to 60 (inclusive) may still join the registry but will be placed in the queue for processing after the donors in the other category are tested. All donors will remain in the registry until their 61st birthday unless medically deferred or withdrawn by request. You can learn more about the donation process by checking out the Gift of Life website (https://www.giftoflife.org/).
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